Reprint as at 12 November 2014

Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act 1997

Public Act1997 No 60
Date of assent20 August 1997
Commencementsee section 1(2)


Changes authorised by subpart 2 of Part 2 of the Legislation Act 2012 have been made in this official reprint.

Note 4 at the end of this reprint provides a list of the amendments incorporated.

This Act is administered by the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment.



1 Short Title and commencement

2 Interpretation

3 Meaning of participating jurisdiction

4 Meaning of registration

Part 1
Preliminary provisions

5 Application

6 Operation of this Act in relation to Australia

7 Act to bind the Crown

8 Notices

Part 2

9 Place of production

10 Trans-Tasman mutual recognition principle in relation to goods

11 Section 10 not to affect operation of certain laws

12 Defences to offences regarding sale

13 Goods that comply with local law

Part 3

14 Equivalent occupation

15 Trans-Tasman mutual recognition principle in relation to occupations

16 Section 15 not to affect operation of certain laws

Entitlement to registration

17 Entitlement to registration and continued registration

18 Residence or domicile irrelevant

Procedure for registration

19 Notification to local registration authority

20 Action following notice

21 Postponement of registration

22 Refusal of registration

23 Notification

Interim arrangements

24 Deemed registration

25 Imposition of conditions on deemed registration

26 Activities under deemed registration

27 Application of relevant law to deemed registration

28 Cessation of deemed registration

Declarations as to equivalent occupations

29 Declarations as to equivalence of occupations

30 Declarations by Tribunal

31 Declarations by Ministers

General provisions

32 Disciplinary action

33 Furnishing information

34 Receiving information

35 Applicant may obtain information from local registration authority

36 General responsibilities of local registration authorities

37 Formalities requiring personal attendance

38 Saving

39 Laws prescribing fees and conditions

40 Regulations

Part 4
Trans-Tasman Occupations Tribunal

41 Trans-Tasman Occupations Tribunal

42 Functions of Tribunal

43 Effect on decision

44 Orders by Tribunal

45 Co-operation with Australian Tribunal


46 Membership of Tribunal

47 Appointment and term of office of Chairperson

48 Panel

49 Deputy Chairperson

50 Vacation of office by Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson

51 Remuneration and travelling allowances

52 Members of Tribunal not personally liable

Parties to review

53 Parties to review


54 Conferences

55 Procedure at conferences

56 Conference chairperson's participation in hearing

57 Evidence not admissible


58 Power of Tribunal if parties reach agreement

59 Hearing in absence of parties

60 Avoidance of unnecessary formality

61 Sittings of Tribunal

62 Procedure of Tribunal

63 Evidence

64 Witness summons

65 Service of summons

66 Witnesses' allowances

67 Privileges and immunities

68 Non-attendance or refusal to co-operate

69 Contempt of Tribunal

70 Costs

71 Stating case for High Court

72 Appeal on question of law

73 Regulations

74 New Zealand member of Australian Tribunal

Part 5
Exclusions and exemptions

75 Meaning of endorsed

76 Interpretation of schedules

77 Exclusions

78 Amendments to Schedule 1

79 Permanent exemptions

80 Amendments to Schedule 2

81 Special exemptions

82 Amendments to Schedule 3

83 Amendments to Schedules 2 and 3

84 Exempt occupations

85 Amendments to Schedule 4

86 Regulations relating to temporary exemptions

87 Regulations continuing temporary exemptions

Part 6
Amendments to Law Practitioners Act 1982


88 Amendments to Law Practitioners Act 1982 [Repealed]

Schedule 1

Schedule 2
Permanent exemptions

Schedule 3
Special exemptions

Schedule 4
Exempt laws relating to occupations

Reprint notes

An Act to provide for the recognition in New Zealand of regulatory standards adopted in Australia regarding goods and occupations